Category Archives: Writers on Writing

The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 20: A Pilgrimage to Ancient Delphi

Follow with me in the footsteps of countless pilgrims to the sacred site of Delphi, spiritual center of the ancient Greek world and home of the famous oracle. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Buying and Selling Spouses

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When marriage is more of an economic transaction between families than a union of two people for reasons of personal attachment, it isn’t at all surprising that money gets involved. … Continue reading

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Did You See What I Did There?

Olympic figure skating is one of those things. I never mean to watch, and then, somehow, there I am and five hours have passed and it’s late and my head is full of salchows and axels and spangles. ¬†There are … Continue reading

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The Classroom of Dissatisfaction

One of the best things a writer can do to hone their craft, is read well-written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. We learn to emulate them, and try new techniques that we see in these works. We learn language; we … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Structures of Marriage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Having discussed who can get married and what they do it for, let’s talk about what shape the marriage can take — by which I mean how many people are … Continue reading

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Makeover Queen: When hairdressers go bad

Makeover Queen by Jennifer Stevenson

I actually had a hairdresser once who really was pretending to be gay to avoid his ex-wife. While I didn’t find his act particularly convincing, I did wonder what he had going on that his ex couldn’t stay away from.¬† Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Wants Good Airplane Reads

But first, a little discussion As it is still winter, and the upcoming trip to sunny Cape Town is two weeks away, all I have is listening and looking for hints of spring. Signs are here, in the garden, and … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 18: Naxos, Tracking the Wild Kouros

After being welcomed by the spirits of Ariadne and Dionysos to their blissful island, Thor and I set off to find the giant Kouros statues abandoned in the countryside near ancient marble quarries. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Marriage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) February is here, and with it — at least in the U.S. — comes a veritable deluge of chocolate and flowers and other things demanding that you think about romance. … Continue reading

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Remembering Ursula

by Brenda W. Clough Truly one of the giants of the field. I’m going to miss hearing about Pard.

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